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JJ Virgin’s Ask the Health Expert Podcast is THE go-to podcast to stop dieting as a hobby, lose weight, and prevent weight regain.

With over 13 million downloads (and counting!), we empower people to take control of their health with simple, actionable strategies to use right now.

Real Food, Real Change, Real Results.

Every information-packed episode combines cutting-edge science, pearls of wisdom from JJ’s 3 decades as a health and wellness leader and the world’s leading experts on weight loss, metabolism, menopause, and much more.

At Ask the Health Expert, we take a different approach to weight loss. Diets do work... to a point. They help people eliminate hidden food intolerances and lower their sugar impact.

In the bigger picture, though, they don't honor our intuitive GPS, which helps people learn what works (and what doesn't work) for their unique biochemical makeup.

If you're fed up with outdated, flawed, or outright incorrect information, the Ask the Health Expert Podcast takes a different, science-based approach to weight loss... one that works, even when nothing else has.

For over 3 decades, JJ Virgin has helped people lose weight and stop weight regain by eliminating hidden food intolerances and lowering their sugar impact. As a triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer, JJ helps you stay fired up and focused on being your healthiest rockstar self.

In addition to hosting Ask the Health Expert, JJ is a prominent TV and media personality. She was co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters and the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil.

Over the years, JJ has made numerous appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show. She also speaks regularly and has shared the stage with notables including Seth Godin, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Hyman, Dan Buettner, and Mary Morrissey.

JJ is the author of 4 New York Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, The Sugar Impact Diet, and The Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook.

Her upcoming book (coming soon!), teaches people how to lose weight and avoid weight regain by ditching dieting and trusting their intuitive GPS.

JJ is also the author of Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience. She regularly writes for major blogs and other publications including mindbodygreen and Medium.

Visit jjvirgin.com for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you lose weight, stop weight regain, and build your dream life.

Ask the Health Expert JJ Virgin

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 595 Ratings

JJ Virgin’s Ask the Health Expert Podcast is THE go-to podcast to stop dieting as a hobby, lose weight, and prevent weight regain.

With over 13 million downloads (and counting!), we empower people to take control of their health with simple, actionable strategies to use right now.

Real Food, Real Change, Real Results.

Every information-packed episode combines cutting-edge science, pearls of wisdom from JJ’s 3 decades as a health and wellness leader and the world’s leading experts on weight loss, metabolism, menopause, and much more.

At Ask the Health Expert, we take a different approach to weight loss. Diets do work... to a point. They help people eliminate hidden food intolerances and lower their sugar impact.

In the bigger picture, though, they don't honor our intuitive GPS, which helps people learn what works (and what doesn't work) for their unique biochemical makeup.

If you're fed up with outdated, flawed, or outright incorrect information, the Ask the Health Expert Podcast takes a different, science-based approach to weight loss... one that works, even when nothing else has.

For over 3 decades, JJ Virgin has helped people lose weight and stop weight regain by eliminating hidden food intolerances and lowering their sugar impact. As a triple-board certified nutrition expert and Fitness Hall of Famer, JJ helps you stay fired up and focused on being your healthiest rockstar self.

In addition to hosting Ask the Health Expert, JJ is a prominent TV and media personality. She was co-host of TLC’s Freaky Eaters and the on-camera nutritionist for Weight Loss Challenges on Dr. Phil.

Over the years, JJ has made numerous appearances on PBS, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Access Hollywood, and the TODAY Show. She also speaks regularly and has shared the stage with notables including Seth Godin, Lisa Nichols, Gary Vaynerchuk, Mark Hyman, Dan Buettner, and Mary Morrissey.

JJ is the author of 4 New York Times bestsellers: The Virgin Diet, The Virgin Diet Cookbook, The Sugar Impact Diet, and The Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook.

Her upcoming book (coming soon!), teaches people how to lose weight and avoid weight regain by ditching dieting and trusting their intuitive GPS.

JJ is also the author of Warrior Mom: 7 Secrets to Bold, Brave Resilience. She regularly writes for major blogs and other publications including mindbodygreen and Medium.

Visit jjvirgin.com for hundreds of free recipes and resources, plus state-of-the-art programs, products, and plenty of support to help you lose weight, stop weight regain, and build your dream life.

    3 Things to Track to Upgrade Your Health

    3 Things to Track to Upgrade Your Health

    How do you become metabolically healthy? In this episode, JJ explains why metabolic health is so important for weight loss and so much more. She shares 5 lab values that you want to pay attention to, the best way to monitor your blood sugar levels (and why that’s so important), how even one night of poor sleep can dramatically sabotage your health, and why your bathroom scale isn’t ideal for measuring body composition (plus what to look for instead). Whether your goals include overcoming insulin resistance (which can lead to metabolic syndrome), more energy and focus, or better overall health (or, or all of the above), these simple strategies to measure and monitor will help you optimize your metabolism.

    • 24 min
    Insider Secrets to Mastering Metabolism and Hormones with Dr. Patrick Flynn

    Insider Secrets to Mastering Metabolism and Hormones with Dr. Patrick Flynn

    Have you ever felt misunderstood by your healthcare provider or invisible about your health condition? According to Dr. Patrick Flynn, women have been misled when it comes to their hormones. We have more information than ever, he says, and yet women are getting sicker than ever.

    In this lively, information-packed episode, JJ talks with Dr. Flynn – a chiropractor, bestselling author, and the founder of The Wellness Way – about optimizing hormones and why the healthcare system often gets information wrong. Dr. Flynn built his practice around achieving the best clinical outcomes by testing for and addressing the cause of dysfunction. Sometimes called The Hormone Whisperer, Dr. Flynn believes many doctors were never taught how a woman's hormones work.

    Here, he shares why thinking differently is so critical for your health. You’ll hear about Dr. Flynn’s “troubled and hyper” childhood that brought him to education rather than medication, along with a special relationship that shifted his perspective about health. He also shares how food impacts your hormones, a simple but profound analogy about why healthcare lets so many people down, and why bloodwork alone isn’t enough to evaluate women’s hormones.

    You’ll also learn about how to manage hormones around menopause, the truth about bioidentical hormones, the overlooked superfood that Dr. Flynn says is one of the healthiest food choices, and the number one thing that adversely affects male hormones. Dr. Flynn’s “think different” perspective about hormones and metabolism has helped many people take control of their health and restore their hope and health. Listen up and learn why that approach can help you, too.

    • 40 min
    [Beginnings & Breakthroughs] Balancing Blood Sugar with Marsha Kaehne

    [Beginnings & Breakthroughs] Balancing Blood Sugar with Marsha Kaehne

    The numbers are grim—less than 7% of people in the U.S. are metabolically healthy. This is a tragic health crisis that can easily be solved with simple lifestyle changes. This episode of Beginnings & Breakthroughs takes you through JJ's tips on balancing blood sugar and transforming your health to avoid being part of this devastating statistic.

    JJ coaches community member Marsha Kaehne on how she can level up her metabolic health following the Sugar Impact Diet. Marsha discovered that "calories in, calories out" isn't always true, found that intermittent fasting gave her high energy, and started incorporating resistance training after spending too many hours on the elliptical machine focusing only on cardio.

    Even with all the progress, Marsha's A1C levels are not where she wants them to be. JJ gives her tips on what affects metabolic health, plus how to enhance her fasts, avoid "fake" healthy foods at the grocery store, practice a protein-first approach with meals, exercise the right way for better blood sugar balance, and much more.

    Working in a high-stress job as a nurse practitioner in mental health, Marsha also provides some insight on how she manages her stress levels to support her wellbeing, with additional tips from JJ.

    • 55 min
    Why Cheat Days and Snacking Are Bad News

    Why Cheat Days and Snacking Are Bad News

    Do you believe that healthy snacking or occasionally having a pizza and beer can help keep you on track with your diet plan? Then you’ll want to listen up to this podcast, where JJ talks about why snacking on even healthy foods and taking cheat days can raise blood sugar, shut off fat burning, and sabotage your health efforts. Here, she discusses why cheat foods have a drug-like effect on your brain and keep you hooked, the shocking study that showed bedtime snacking can nearly double your weight gain, and a simple solution to break the snacking habit. Plus, she reveals the simple overnight fasting hack that helps you burn fat, the #1 macronutrient to help curb hunger and cravings, and more. Whether you want to lose weight or break a weight loss plateau, this episode provides the tools you need to succeed.

    • 20 min
    Optimize Your Protein Intake to Build More Muscle with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

    Optimize Your Protein Intake to Build More Muscle with Dr. Gabrielle Lyon

    Dr. Gabrielle Lyon is a functional medicine provider and expert in muscle-centric medicine. She joins JJ in today's podcast episode to talk about a topic that everyone is curious about: how to optimize your protein intake to build muscle!
    Listen as Dr. Lyon explains the vital roles of muscle in your body and the importance of protein, as well as the best types of exercise, for maintaining and building muscle mass.
    Dr. Lyon also shares how to figure out how much protein you need and the top sources of protein, including the differences in quality between plant and animal protein.
    Plus, find out the truth behind common myths about protein and your health!
    Get Dr. Gabrielle Lyon’s free Lyon Protocol
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    • 31 min
    [Beginnings & Breakthroughs] Overcome Sugar Addiction with Alicia Snyder

    [Beginnings & Breakthroughs] Overcome Sugar Addiction with Alicia Snyder

    Having trouble kicking the sugar addiction, even when you're doing all the right things? You'll want to listen to this new episode of our Breakthroughs & Beginnings series, where JJ coaches community members on overcoming roadblocks on their path to better health.

    Before she went through The Virgin Diet, Alicia was experiencing weight loss resistance, thyroid issues, angry and anxious moods, and more. As a registered respiratory therapist working on a flight transport team, she regularly works 12- and 24-hour shifts that make it difficult to keep up a good wellness routine.

    After discovering some of her food intolerances, she was able to lose a total of 25 pounds, boost her energy, approach her day more calmly, and maintain a healthy thyroid.

    But she is still dealing with nagging sugar cravings! Listen as JJ offers advice on using a protein-first approach to kicking sugar, how to use a body composition scale and the right markers to track with it, the right exercises to improve muscle mass, suggested supplements for overcoming cravings, and small tweaks Alicia can make with her diet to avoid disrupting autophagy.

    Plus, you'll learn how poor sleep impacts appetite, and JJ's best tips for ensuring optimal protein intake throughout the day.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
595 Ratings

595 Ratings

Linnel1 ,

Life changing!! So much for the better.

Dear JJ,

For four years now, I continue to flourish as a healthy, happy woman. I owe a great deal of that good fortune to you, your life-changing books and this marvelous podcast (that reaffirms my commitment to this healthy lifestyle)! Four years ago, I picked up "The Sugar Impact Diet)" and lost 30 pounds. I have maintained the weight loss for four years and counting. Previously, I could never accomplish anything remotely close to that.

Thank you!!! Keep up the great work that you do. I am so grateful.

Linda (61 years-old) this month.

Debbie (M) ,

Amazing podcast!

JJ Virgin is a true health expert and an amazing interviewer who keeps the show interesting and will stop to highlight important points. I always learn something and have an action step or an affirmation step to keep my health on the right track.

Jacen Solo74 ,

Love this podcast!!!

So thankful that I stumbled upon this podcast! It contains so much useful information that’s helping me to establish healthy life-changing habits. Thank you JJ!!

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